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Posted on: Feb 13, 2017 08:39PM

Artista928 wrote:

So my dad is offering to pay for Nutrisystem. I am so overweight and can't do it on my own. Anyone have success with them or someone else who provides the food. If the food is awful, I probably won't stick to it. I don't like the kitchen so ship to my door is best. I know it's a life style and I'd have to change my eating habits to maintain it, but I do need a huge jump start.

TIA!

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Mar 29, 2017 09:12PM OrcaPorkka wrote:

Sorry no one responded to you. I hope you have found a good way to lose the weight. Many of us struggle with it for sure

Dx 5/25/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/21/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 7/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Mar 29, 2017 09:41PM Artista928 wrote:

Thanks. :) I know me. If I don't like the food it'll be a waste of money. And even if a plan has good food, you can tire of it before you are ready to go off of it. So my pcp is rx'ing me Phentermine, an appetite suppressant since my problem is mainly portion control. I'm not too of the rails with the junk food aspect.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Mar 29, 2017 11:38PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Arista, be aware that phentermine works OK for a few weeks--after that the effects fade. It can also result in insomnia for some. But if it's a kick start you need, it might be the ticket.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 30, 2017 01:30AM Artista928 wrote:

Thanks. As part of the bargain to trying it I have to check in once a month. Glad pcp is doing this not only to see if it's working, but it's extra motivation as I need to be held accountable to someone- doesn't work being accountable to myself. haha. I already have insomnia with the se's I have. I get maybe 2-4 hours sleep most nights. I don't work so I'm able to cat nap to make up for the lousy nights.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Mar 30, 2017 03:12AM peaches1 wrote:

Artista- I know you have bum knees, but you might lose more weight if you also do some water aerobics, which would be gentle on your knees. You'll have much better success if you add some exercise.

Dx 5/13/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/26/2016 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 7/17/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/24/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 30, 2017 03:23AM - edited Mar 30, 2017 03:26AM by ChiSandy

Prepackaged food diet plans can work if:

  • You hate to cook (or don't know how)
  • You live alone (or others in your household are willing to fend for themselves at mealtime)
  • You are not particular about taste and textures—as a corollary, you have simple tastes in food and no preconceptions about what certain dishes are really supposed to taste like
  • You also don't travel or need to dine out (and don't get embarrassed asking wait staff to nuke your prefab meal)
  • You are willing to easily double your grocery budget for less food
  • You have trouble with portion control as an inability to gauge portion size, not as an inability to be satisfied with smaller portions.
  • You have lots and lots of space in your pantry, fridge, freezer or all three (depending on which plan you choose)
  • You are not easily bored.
  • Either your plan delivers your food, or you don't mind having to drive (further than your grocery) and haul it home.


I never tried Nutri-System (perhaps because I never did like Marie Osmond).

I tried Seattle Sutton, and they weren't kidding about “low sodium, low cholesterol, low fat." (Sadly, they neglected to mention “no flavor”). The only seasonings they ever used were black pepper; their occasional breakfast smoothie was the consistency, color, and taste of Pepto-Bismol…and not much bigger than the size of a medicine cup. (Yenta #1: “Such awful food! Yenta #2: “And such small portions"). And I was performing late at night and therefore needing to dine out 50 mi. from home often enough to amass extra frozen meals—none of which my family was willing to eat. You did have to provide your own skim milk, but they provided the occasional piece of very unripe fruit—which you were instructed to “ripen" by nuking it. And it cost as much as Jenny Craig, with far less variety.

I did Jenny Craig for nearly a year and lost 60 lbs. But I got really bored two months into maintenance (not to mention my back blowing out on me at my goal weight—I felt like my body violated the contract I'd made with it). At least when you're halfway to goal, you can have one day a week of real food, following a food-exchange system with the same calories & nutrients as the prefab stuff. I was able to “doctor up" some of the canned foods by adding seasonings and small amounts of green vegetables. But one day I snapped at having to keep a food diary and report back to a counselor with little-to-no nutritional expertise every week, long after achieving my goal weight. (I have a very sensitive bullshit detector and a low tolerance for it).

Bear in mind that most prefab-food plans are based on nutritional principles that are at least 5-10 years obsolete. And even the protein-based ones are draconian, expensive, and dreadful. (One, Ideal Protein, advises against exercise. Considering it’s only 1000 cal./day, no wonder).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 15, 2017 10:07PM TwistDemo wrote:

Maybe you can drink tea every day.

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Sep 20, 2017 04:39PM sbelizabeth wrote:

I have many, many friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have followed many, many, diet "plans." Nutri-system, Jennie Craig, Atkins, South Beach, high-fat/low carb, high carb/low fat. Almost everyone has lost weight, and then become bored, hungry, and tired of feeling deprived, and gained it back.

The only plan I've seen work long-term is weight watchers. It still involves mindful eating but it seems to fit into life a bit better than most.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Dec 15, 2017 01:07PM GmaFoley wrote:

Ladies I have to watch what is in my foods and lots of those plans use soy protein isolate. My cancer was 100% estrogen/ progesterone positive. I was told to stay away from anything with soy protein isolate. The cancer center did and study on the 2-day diet. It is high protein, low carb for 2 days and then mediterranean plan for the other five days. I did well on the study, but found I am an emotional eater and no diet plan helps that. I am now trying to get back to watching what I eat and keeping my trigger foods out of the house.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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